While flying over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, Capt. Hank Wilson (Robert Redford) and Sgt. Lucky Finder (Michael Connors) are forced to parachute into enemy territory. They land in a small town, where they are taken prisoner by the lonesome Wilhelm Frick (Alec Guinness). Frick imprisons them in his cellar, but treats them well. The only problem is that the war has actually ended -- and Frick, delighted to have company, decides not to inform his "prisoners" of the situation.